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What is Access Point | Wireless access point explained

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By: Priyank Gada

February 3, 2019


In this article, we will be talking about a term called 'Access Point'. We will try to learn what are access points and how do they work. The term 'Access point' is often used synonymously with base stations, though base stations are technically only Wi-Fi devices. In this article, we will dive into the term 'Access Point'.

What is an Access Point?

Typically, an access point is a device that allows wireless devices to connect to a network. In simple terms, it is a wireless or wired device that allows the user to connect to a network. Most access points have built-in routers, while others must be connected to a router in order to provide network access. Usually, access points have their own router but in past, access points must be connected to a router in order to provide network access.

More about access points?

Access points are usually hardwired to other devices, such as network switches or broadband modems. Nowadays, broadband modems come with access points, wireless hotspots, and other such features, which make them an all-in-one device for all our internet requirements.

Access points can be found in many places, including houses, businesses, and public locations. In most houses, the access point is a wireless router, which is connected to a DSL or cable modem. However, some modems may include wireless capabilities, making the modem itself the access point. Businesses often provide several access points, which allows employees to wirelessly connect to a central network from a wide range of locations. Businesses often also have multiple routers with the same SSID to allow their employees to stay connected to the central network.

Where can I find an Access Point?

Access points are widely found in places with or without internet connections. Banks use an access point in their internal network to connect the client software with the server. Public access points can be found in stores, coffee shops, restaurants, libraries, and other locations. Some cities provide public access points in the form of wireless transmitters that are connected to streetlights, signs, and other public objects.

Access Point for Internal Network?

While most access points typically provide wireless access to the internet, some are intended only to provide access to a closed network. For Example, a business may provide secure access points only to its employees so they can wirelessly access files from a network server. Also, most access points provide Wi-Fi access, but it is possible for an access point to refer to a Bluetooth device or other type of wireless connection. However, the purpose of most access points is to provide Internet access to connected users.

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